"HoCo Open 2013" and "Nature in Focus" run through Feb. 22 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787.
The Arc of Howard County is seeking nominations for its annual Celebration of Excellence Awards, honoring individuals and groups which promote The Arc's mission of achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Six categories of achievement will be recognized at The Arc's annual meeting May 8: employment, schools, professional services, community, public service and self-advocacy. Forms are available by contacting Cathy Hiett at 410-730-0638, ext. 242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations due by March 15.
The Howard County Arts Council presents its 16th annual "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 23 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Kathleen Hetherington, president of the college, will serve as honorary chairwoman and Richard Story, senior vice president for marketing of JPB Enterprises Inc., will be the emcee.
Rising Star finalists MaryLee Adams, Mary Matthews, Melissa Wertheimer, James Ginnever, Rebecca Hargrove, Margaret Kudirka, Shawn Naar, Woobin Park, Margo Seibert, Tian Lu, Yuri Shadrin and Jennifer Sung, will perform. Tickets are available at hocoarts.org or by calling 410-313-2787.
Special Olympics will award the Jackie Burk Memorial Award, Allan Homes Award and Kathy Lindner Memorial Award to three outstanding high school seniors and/or college students who have been committed to the Special Olympics program as a volunteer and advocate of the athletes. Go to somdhc.org/volunteer for requirements and application information. Deadline for applications is March 31. Information: email@example.com or call 410-740-0500.
The Department of Public Works has announced that residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry and residents are responsible for unloading their vehicles.
Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk-trash pickup by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is located at 2350 Marriottsville Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays- Saturdays. Information: howardcountyrecycles.org.
Free tax help
Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those age 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.
To schedule an appointment, call:
•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.
•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.
•Glenwood Community Center: 410-313-5440.
•East Columbia Senior Center: 410-313-7680.
•North Laurel Community Center: 410-313-0380.
•Elkridge Senior Center: 410-313-5192.
The Howard County Arts Council needs volunteers to help with the reception, raffle, performance, silent auction, logistics and setup for the 16th annual Celebration of the Arts on March 23. For more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.
Calling all artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in the 2014 gallery. Applications will be reviewed in the spring for artists to exhibit next year. The deadline to apply is June 1. For applications, go to wildelake.org/events. Send completed applications to: Carole Black, Gallery Director, Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia 21044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Hall of Fame
Nomination forms are available for the Department of Recreation and Parks' 2013 Community Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have gained prominence in or made substantial contributions to community recreational sports in the county. The nomination deadline is April 15. Coaches, managers, league officials, commissioners or behind-the-scenes contributors can be nominated. Nominees must be either county residents or have made their sports contributions primarily in Howard County. For forms and information, call 410-313-4711 or go to howardcountymd.gov/halloffame.htm. In addition to the form, nominators must provide the committee with an essay, limited to four double-spaced, typed pages, demonstrating the nominee's community sports background. Individuals chosen will be inducted at the annual Celebration of Sports ceremony Oct. 15.
Vendor applications are being accepted for the county's sixth annual GreenFest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, options for resident involvement in helping the community go green, ecological home cleaning, environmentally friendly lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for making everyday activities green are encouraged to apply. Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. The cost to nonprofits is $25 per space; cost to other entities, including commercial businesses, is $35 per space. Preference will be given to businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Vendor applications are available at hcgreenfest.org. For information or to have an application mailed, email email@example.com or call 410-313-6433.
Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97, Cooksville. Highlights include therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun